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Alexandra Day and her husband, Harold Darling, established the Green Tiger Press in 1970. In 1983, Harold and Sandra were visiting Zurich, Switzerland, when they came across a volume of old German picture sheets, one of which featured a poodle playing with a baby who was supposed to be taking a nap. This image provided the inspiration for "Good Dog, Carl," which successfully began what would become an increasingly popular picture book series. The Darling's own dog, a Rottweiler named Toby, was the model for the first book's main character. Since then, three other Darling Rottweilers have posed as Carl in the sequels. The Darlings now live in Seattle, Washington, where they have a ten-thousand-book library, primarily filled with illustrated children's books.

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Frank, a bear, and Ernest, an elephant, specialize in taking care of small businesses while the owner is away. When Mrs. Miller hires them to run her diner for three days, they assure her that they will take good care of it. Then Frank decides they must learn diner lingo before they begin. For an order of a hot dog with ketchup and a dish of Jell-O, Ernest yells, ``Paint a bow-wow red, and I need a nervous pudding.'' And for a vanilla milk shake with an egg in it, to go, Frank calls out for a ``white cowmake it cackle and let it walk.'' As Frank and Ernest take care of the customers, readers will enjoy the funny way in which an order is translated into diner-ese; it's just the kind of wordplay that kids like, and love to imitate. Frank and Ernest, in stodgy colors of brown and gray, form a contrast to the airy lines of the gleaming diner, but look perfectly comfortable in the art of slinging hash. Ages 5-8. (September)

In skillfully executed paintings Day depicts a diner that is sure to evoke nostalgia among old-timers. Children should enjoy adding these novelties to their vocabularies, and making the connections that inspired the descriptions is good fun. Kirkus Reviews, 1988

Clever and original, this playful romp serves up its message with a smile. It's bound to become standard fare.... School Library Journal, 1988 (starred review)

Frank, appearing as Elephant, and Ernest, as Bear, answer an ad for someone to run human-shaped Mrs Miller's diner for her. Bibliophiles that they are, the friends research the lingo of the diner restaurant trade, and with grace and aplomb they serve a ""bow-wow. . . red"" (hot dog with ketchup), ""nervous pudding,"" (Jell-O""), and ""white cow"" (vanilla milk shake""). Alexandra Day's paintings render a mannerly world of measured language and punctilious decorum. Mrs. Miller returns safely from her trip, and we are enveloped in nostalgia--it was all so recent, so very long ago. Peter F. Neumeyer. - Professor Emeritus University of California, Berkeley. Author and recipient of the Ann Devereaux Jordan Award by The Children's Literature Association.

Praise for Alexandra Day's previous works: Move over, Mary Poppins - Publisher's Weekly Day is a master of sweet but not cloying illustration. Her colors are bright and clear; her animals and children expressive and appealing. - School Library Journal

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